I feel that my goals are very similar to those of Touro. As a classroom teacher I am serving the community with continuous support to diverse learners in order to meet the needs of society that is constantly changing. I have high personal goals for my third grade students and what my 21st century classroom will look like next year upon entering my classroom. I envision students working in groups with a constant stream of noise and sometimes the higher pitch sound of excitement as students persevere and complete their task. I want to see that students are effectively collaborating, using technology to share how they problem solved, creating story retells, learning how to use technology, support students in small groups and so much more. This is a huge overhaul that is changing how I deliver content and how student show mastery of content standards.
My follow cohort members can support me with conversations about a task that I am struggling with. Sometimes I have difficulty seeing the whole picture. Talking through what I have done can sometimes be just the thing that I need to take my work to the next level and persevere through the assignment. As a supportive member in this cohort, I hope that I am able to return the favor. Asking clarifying questions to someone else’s project might just be what they need to overcome their hurdle.
I will support positive cohesion within my cohort by offering suggestions to those who might become frustrated. I myself get overwhelmed and it is easy to agree that something might be challenging, but there is often something positive that follows that low point. Either another solution appears or you are able to look at the situation in a different way after taking a break. I think that acknowledging someone's frustrations is supportive and can be turned into a positive. This is the process of innovative learning. The one norm that is important to me in this online class is honoring the end time commitment. Overall, I have enjoying the comforts of home while still being a part of a respectful and professional cohort.
I have learned a lot this semester, but I also leave overwhelmed and frustrated. Technology is paving a new path for me as an innovative thinker and designer. I constantly have new ideas that I want to try out in my room, but well over half the time I hit a road block. I get so far in my planning and then it hits, money. Every time that I find something good it is just that. It’s too good to be true. All my hard work comes to a screeching halt because something doesn’t work as planned. I am forced to abandon lessons and start all over unless I pay a monthly fee to continue. The frustrating part is that each activity takes me over an hour to create and then when it doesn’t work with my students I am frustrated and have to change my plans last minute. I can’t even tell you how many times this has happened to me over the past few months. I have spent hours upon hours just trying to figure out how to use a specific technology tool or countless hours on lessons that I can’t use. What I can take away from this experience is that I am modeling failure for my students. They need to know that failure is okay; you learn from your mistakes and never give up. I will continue my quest as an innovative thinker and designer, but man I sure hope that I start to have more successes than failures pretty soon.